If I need to explain the appeal of having four nights and five days to completely disconnect, then this retreat probably isn’t for you ;) On the other hand, if you’re like, “for the love YEEEEES, let’s do the damn thing already!” then you can skip this section and on down to registration.
If you’re feeling unsure, consider this, sister:
The average person (globally) checks their phone 80-150 times each day.
Many of us interact with screens for more than 10 hours each day.
Americans spend 60 hours a week on average consuming content across devices.
Twenty-one percent of us log on to social sites while going to the bathroom (?!)
I will get on and off this soapbox, quickly, but consider this: Technology is awesome, and it’s seriously changing the way we show up in the world, from the way we communicate with each other, to the way we gauge our happiness, to the way we even hold our bodies (imagine what you look like when you hold your phone in your lap, then imagine what shape your body would take if you were feeling sad or depressed… notice any similarities?). Our phones are closer to us, physically and psychologically, than many of the people and causes we care about. Technology is designed to keep our attention by being a soft addiction: our brain literally releases dopamine every time you get a hit on Instagram (or whatever), which, interestingly, is easier to achieve with our thumbs than asking for what we really need. Hug, anyone?
Technology aside, we’ve all had those moments where we just wanted to walk into the woods, sit on a rock, and not talk to anyone. (If that’s just me, please call me out.) Or those moments where we’ve been so plugged into the myriad of to-do’s in our daily lives that somewhere down the line you look up and think, “wait a second… where am I in all this mess?”
Finding you. Reconnecting with you. Getting out of the way of yourself, so that you can be yourself, as Brene Brown says. That is what this is about.
OWNING THE IN BETWEEN
Raise your hand if you’ve recently been through a transition, or are going through one now. Okay great. So that’s just about everybody, everywhere, at any given moment.
So if transitions are so normal, why do we rush through them or avoid them like the plague?
This is funny to me: when life changes, we respond in a certain way because of the culmination of experiences (our past) that have gotten us to this moment. And yet, as people on a mission, we often pass right over “this moment” because our minds are so preoccupied on the future - our hopes, needs, dreams, aspirations. [Rachael O’Meara calls this “future trippin.”]
What happened to right now?! We skip “now” because it can be unsteady, scary, or uncomfortable (like a bad naked dream - wake up already!). It’s much easier to tell a story about where we’ve already been; or what we want in the future. But the part that connects the two together gets glanced over. Know what that part is? It’s you.
We’ve conditioned ourselves to be disconnected. And at a time when the world really needs our best selves, this is a total disservice: living in the past or in the future, or floating through life in a sea of distractions, keeps us from really owning our power. We lose our center, our awareness of who we are. We take ourselves for granted and forget to check in - is the thing we’re working toward even important still? Does that story that we’re telling ourselves about who we are even feel “true” anymore?
It’s time to reconnect to YOU. At this retreat, we’ll be playing with the theme of “in between,” as an invitation to pause, take inventory, and recalibrate all those beautiful pieces of you (maybe some that you’ve forgotten along the way) into one kickass, powerful, attuned soul. When everything else fades away - the technology, the distractions, the demands, your vices and external validators - what’s left?
You are, my dear. Time to reconnect and own it.
THE HELLO SOUL TWIST
[a curated experience designed to take you deeper. ]
This is an intimate retreat limited to 12 individuals, with two different room + board options available depending on your personal preference.
A $500 non-refundable deposit secures your spot.
Final payments are due February 1st, or pay in full if registering after February 1st.
[testimonials from baja]
"Sara brings the right levels of emotion, intellect, silliness, fluidity and space to her Hello Soul retreats. She's a master at unraveling the years of tangles by asking the right questions and translating the sometimes convoluted answers, always pointing out the bits that are core to you. To me, the most valuable thing coming out of Baja - aside from sleeping more than 4 hours at a time and meeting a new tribe of wonderful women - was clarity around my values. I had been operating with direction, but it was a bit hazy. Now, I have the focus I need to design the life that is right for me, one that has staying power and intention. While the "what" is still unknown, the "why" is understood. And I'm a firm believer that starting with "why" results in the best designs." [Caron, California]
"My main takeaway from the retreat was how therapeutic it was to find time for yourself among new, like-minded friends in a supportive yet free-form setting. It was the perfect blend of structure and free time which for busy, schedule-oriented women is a blessing. It was so refreshing to be comfortable speaking freely and know that your thoughts, fears, worries, etc.. were safe among unpretentious, genuine friends. I encourage anyone who has hesitated to sign up for a retreat like this to reconsider. This experience was evenly balanced between personal healing, activity, alone time, great conversation, and the constant support and laughter. I will absolutely do another one in the future." [Amy, Colorado]
"I am again amazed how once you make a verbal commitment the Universe hears you and brings the opportunities to you if you are paying attention. Since getting back from Mexico I have been going pretty non-stop being able to stay in my heart space and seeing the love in my service and the service in my love. I am more fulfilled than frustrated and feel that blessing everyday. What a gift from you and the amazing women you brought together! Without a limit, I might write a page on how incredible our time together was and how deeply it has impacted me!" [Judy, Montana]
"The biggest impact of the Baja retreat for me was really clarifying my values and how they interact with my decisions, fears and gremlins. It was also really impactful for me to get to spend so much time with women in the next life phase from mine (whether motherhood or not) who were willing to be so open and vulnerable about their experiences. Being let into that experience was eye-opening and has helped me clarify some of my own goals about where I go and how I hope I arrive." [Emerald, Idaho]
Sara is a certified coach, facilitator and yoga instructor with a passion for the intersection of leadership development, wellness and creativity. Things to expect: a focus on flow, curiosity, and humor... with the occasional dash of science and swearing.